A Morwell man's long-held dream of owning his own sports stadium has now become a reality after winning division one in the weekend's TattsLotto draw.
The overwhelmed winner held one of the six division one winning entries nationally in TattsLotto draw 4149 on Saturday, April 24. Each division one winning entry scored $990,996.20.
When he discovered his million-dollar win, the Morwell man said he thought his heart was going to pound through his chest.
The life-changing entry was purchased at Morwell Newspower Centre on Commercial Road.
As well as winning the division one prize, the ecstatic winner also scored division three 12 times and division four 15 times, boosting his total windfall to $1,003,112.30.
Speaking with an official from The Lott, the player and regular customer to the Morwell outlet said he felt like he was walking on air after making his million-dollar discovery.
"I am still alive!" he laughed.
"I found out yesterday (Monday) around lunch time. I always check the winning numbers in the paper on a Sunday morning but for some reason I didn't this time.
"So it wasn't until I went to buy my ticket for the next Saturday Lotto draw, that I realised I won.
"I had to check the ticket about 100 times!
"I was pacing up and down, and my heart felt like it was about to pound through my chest!
"I was screaming on the inside! I just can't believe it."
When asked how he planned to enjoy his million-dollar prize, the elated winner said there was one thing he'd always dreamt of doing if he ever won the lottery.
"Well, ever since I was young, I have always dreamt of owning my own sports stadium," he admitted. "So I am going to look into putting some of my prize towards a stadium. I am going to see a financial advisor as well, but that's the plan."
"I will also donate some to a charity that I am passionate about."
Morwell Newspower Centre owner Ray Burgess said he was delighted to have made one of his customers a division one winner.
"Isn't it sensational!" he said.
"It's always great when one of our customers wins the big one. This is the third division one win we have had since we took over ownership.
"We would love to send our congratulations to our winner. We hope this fantastic win helps you realise your dreams. Let's hope we have some more division one wins soon!"
In 2020, TattsLotto created 122 millionaires across Australia. During this time, there was 312 division one winners in TattsLotto entries across Australia, which collectively won more than $355.13 million.